Foreign Affairs Ministry representatives will hold talks with Hungary’s ambassador in Bucharest regarding the incident at the end of last week, at Romania’s Embassy in Budapest and, in this context, they will request the enhancement of security measures at the seat of the Romanian diplomatic mission, Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu stated on Monday.
“As to what happened in Budapest, we will have a talk with Hungary’s Ambassador, a talk with a clear focus – we understand the rights of all people in the European Union’s countries to express themselves publicly, however, at the same time, we will request the adoption of security measures that correspond to the 1961 Venice Convention’s provisions regarding diplomatic relations so that the embassy’s activity not be disturbed in any way,” the head of the Romanian diplomacy affirmed.
The minister’s specifications came against the backdrop of the press covering, the night of January 12 through 13, that members of the Movement of “the 64 counties” covered the plaque with the coat of arms of the Romanian Embassy in Budapest with a flag of the Szekely land.
The Foreign Affairs Minister also referred to the future of the diplomatic relations with the neighbouring country. “As far as we are concerned, there is a strong desire that the dialogue between Romania and Hungary pursue its upward trend that has been recorded,” Melescanu pointed out.
Teodor Melescanu was present on Monday, at the launch of the Bulgarian Presidency of the European Union Council, at the seat of the EU Commission in Bucharest.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs voices concerns over provocative attitude of 64 Counties Youth Movement
Romania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses concerns over the “provocative attitude” of the 64 Counties Youth Movement, underscoring that incidents like the recent covering of the national coat of arms at the premises of the Romanian Embassy in Budapest are aimed at defaming national symbols.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its concern over the provocative attitude of the 64 Counties Youth Movement and condemns such incidents aimed at defaming national symbols. The Foreign Ministry considers that such acts perpetrated by certain persons or organizations that tout revisionist programs are completely unacceptable and run counter to the spirit and provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations,” reads a Monday release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Romanian Foreign Ministry calls on the Hungarian authorities to ensure the inviolability and integrity of the premises of Romania’s mission and its personnel.
“The Foreign Ministry is launching an appeal to the Hungarian authorities to ensure the inviolability and integrity of the premises of the Romanian mission and its staff and will have a discussion with the Hungarian ambassador in Bucharest in this regard. We mention that in the dialogue with Budapest the Romanian authorities have consistently expressed their willingness to cooperate, working towards capitalizing on the two states’ strategic partnership at its utmost potential, and building on the legal foundation provided by the Basic Political Treaty. In the bilateral political-diplomatic dialogue, the Romanian side conveys its firm expectations for Hungary to assume the promotion of a bilateral relationship in the parameters of a genuine strategic partnership, in line with the aforementioned benchmarks,” the release said.
Media reported that during in the night of January 12, members of the 64 Counties Youth Movement covered with a Szekely flag the plaque with Romania’s national coat of arms at the premises of the Embassy of Romania in Budapest.
PM Tudose: Romania’s territorial integrity cannot be subject to negotiations, not even amicable ones
Prime Minister Mihai Tudose on Monday stated that Romania’s territorial integrity cannot be subject to negotiations, under any circumstance, and that it should never be acceptable to discuss autonomy of a piece of our country.
Upon his arrival to the Social Democratic Party (PSD) headquarters for the National Executive Committee of this party, the head of the Government that he wants to “nuance” a statement that he made last Wednesday and “that he was wrongly taken.”
“I firmly maintain my previous stand, as a Romania, that Romania’s territorial integrity cannot be subject to negotiations, under any circumstances, not even in amicable terms. You can not talk about the autonomy of one piece of Romania. When I said about flying a flag, I referred to the authorities of the Romanian state, which must apply the law, with their mandates flying like a flag, if they do not observe the law. This is what was all about, and not about hanging politicians,” stated Tudose.
On January 10, the head of the Government told Realitatea TV private television broadcaster that the autonomy of the Szekely is not even something that can be discussed, while also commenting on the fact that UDMR, PCM and PPMT asked in a joint resolution signed in Cluj for the territorial autonomy of the Szekely land, as well as for a special status to be granted to the Partium region.
In reply, the UDMR leader, Kelemen Hunor, said he expected Prime Minister Mihai Tudose to apologize for and withdraw his statements relate
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